Engineers at Cal Tech, including Asghar Aryanfar, have—at the urging of the Gates Foundation—created a new toilet for the developing world that will help stop disease and also generate power, even in the most remote location
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Above: Goldieblox, a “crazy engineering house” chock full of moving parts and gears.
Young girls interested in working on machines have few fictional role models, and even fewer hands on experiences that are geared specifically toward them. This new Kickstarter project hopes to change that with its exciting new characters and tie-in engineering projects.
Awesome science thing of the day: Scientists are working on a way to unlock the secrets of nature’s best camouflage artists, such as octopuses and squid. These creatures actually change patterns on their skin to fit in instantaneously with their undersea environment. New research can help create sheets of high-tech materials that could be used to camouflage submarines and tanks, creating a new generation of stealth. See how in this video. And check out more science, engineering, and design inspired by nature right here.